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Bariatric surgery tourism hidden costs? How Canada is not doing its part in covering bariatric surgery under the Canada Health Act.

Abstract Many Canadians seek medical treatment outside our borders. Waiting times, rather than lack of expertise, are the number one culprit, and with globalization of health care, the number of patients who travel to obtain medical care will continue to rise. Though the provinces have covered the costs of complications from surgeries performed abroad for many years, complications from bariatric surgery performed abroad have been receiving negative attention. This commentary discusses associated costs and questions how the Canada Health Act should be covering bariatric procedures.
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Authors

Mayor MeshTerms

Bariatric Surgery

Legislation as Topic

Medical Tourism

Postoperative Complications

Keywords
Journal Title canadian journal of surgery. journal canadien de chirurgie
Publication Year Start




PMID- 28730984
OWN - NLM
STAT- MEDLINE
DA  - 20170721
DCOM- 20170731
LR  - 20170731
IS  - 1488-2310 (Electronic)
IS  - 0008-428X (Linking)
VI  - 60
IP  - 4
DP  - 2017 Aug
TI  - Bariatric surgery tourism hidden costs? How Canada is not doing its part in
      covering bariatric surgery under the Canada Health Act.
PG  - 222-223
AB  - SUMMARY: Many Canadians seek medical treatment outside our borders. Waiting
      times, rather than lack of expertise, are the number one culprit, and with
      globalization of health care, the number of patients who travel to obtain medical
      care will continue to rise. Though the provinces have covered the costs of
      complications from surgeries performed abroad for many years, complications from 
      bariatric surgery performed abroad have been receiving negative attention. This
      commentary discusses associated costs and questions how the Canada Health Act
      should be covering bariatric procedures.
FAU - Gagner, Michel
AU  - Gagner M
AD  - From the Department of Surgery, Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de Montreal, Montreal,
      Que.
LA  - eng
PT  - Journal Article
PL  - Canada
TA  - Can J Surg
JT  - Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie
JID - 0372715
SB  - IM
MH  - *Bariatric Surgery/adverse effects/economics/legislation & jurisprudence
MH  - Canada
MH  - Humans
MH  - *Legislation as Topic
MH  - *Medical Tourism
MH  - *Postoperative Complications/economics/therapy
EDAT- 2017/07/22 06:00
MHDA- 2017/08/02 06:00
CRDT- 2017/07/22 06:00
AID - 10.1503/cjs.000217 [pii]
PST - ppublish
SO  - Can J Surg. 2017 Aug;60(4):222-223.